Dickson back on World Cup biathlon stage

Late January in Pokljuka, Poland - there's no place Emily Dickson would rather be.

The 22-year-old biathlete from Burns Lake got her first taste of an individual event on the World Cup circuit Friday in Pokljuka and placed 83rd out of 100 starters. She had four misses in 20 shots on the range in the 15-kilometre race.

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Emma Lunder, Dickson's Canadian teammate, finished 10th, her second top-10 placing of the season while racing solo. Lunder finished a career-best seventh in the sprint Jan. 9 in Oberhof, Germany.

Dickson shot 19 of 20 targets and was 3:02.6 off the gold-medal pace of Denise Hermann of Germany, who shot clean in four rounds and finished in 41:33.4.

Hanna Oeberg of Sweden (+59.2, 0+1+0+0) was second and Anais Bescond of France was third (+1:15.7, 0+0+0+0+0).

In other Canadian results, Nadia Moser of Whitehorse, Yukon was 79th (+9:30.6, 1+2+0+1), and Megan Bankes of Calgary was 80th (+9:46.2, 1+1+0+3).

In the men's 20 km individual event, Scott Gow of Canmore was the top Canadian, finishing

26th (+3:36.7, 0+1+0+1).

Joahnnes Thingnes Bow of Norway was flawless on the range and cruised to gold in 47:54.3. Martin Fourcade of France won silver (+11.4, 0+0+0+0) and Fabien Claude of France captured bronze (+25.6, 0+0+0+0).

Christian Gow of Canmore was 41st (+5:20.0, 0+2+0+0), Jules Brunotte of Sherbrooke, Que., was 88th (+8:39.1, 1+2+1+1), and Aidan Millar of Canmore was 107th (+13:27.7, 2+2+0+3).

Lunder and Christian Gow will race together for Canada on Saturday in the single mixed relay. Dickson will start third in the order in the 4 X 7.5 km mixed relay with Brunotte, Scott Gow and Bankes.

The races will be streamed live on eurovisionsports.tv/ibu starting at 3:25 a.m. PT.

 

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